Timelapse shows smog lift over Beijing, air quality improves from hazardous to moderate

REAir quality improved to a moderate level from previously hazardous levels on Thursday in China’s capital, following three consecutive days of high pollution that triggered the Beijing’s first red-alert.

The red alert is the highest on a four-colour scale that has been in use for two years.

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China’s environment ministry said that pollutants were reduced by a third in Beijing during this week’s temporary restrictions to reduce heavy smog, which included taking half the city’s cars off the roads.

Authorities ordered limits on cars, factories and construction sites during a red alert for smog from Tuesday through midday Thursday.

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They also told schools to close, though some had reopened by Wednesday.